Less than two weeks after At The Drive-In broke up in 2001, Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler had formed the Mars Volta. Without even hearing a note of their new endeavor, major labels began making calls.
Kiss co-frontman Paul Stanley is working on his first solo album in 25 years, the artist reveals to Billboard.com. Stanley says he's working with a crop of songwriters that includes Andreas Carlsson, who has written songs with or for the likes of Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Britney Spears and 'N Sync.
Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album for Epic. The set was produced by Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows) and recorded at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss., with additional recording in Memphis.
Jason Phillips, a member of the British garage band So Solid Crew, was sentenced yesterday (June 19) to four years in prison for carrying a loaded handgun. A jury at Southwark Crown Court in London convicted the 24-year-old Phillips of possessing a prohibited weapon and seven rounds of ammunition.
Farm Aid mainstays Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are set to headline the 2003 edition of the annual festival, to take place Sept. 7 at the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio. Additional artists will soon be added to the concert, which raises awareness and funds for family-owned U.S. farms.